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Hey everyone.
So I'm on Accutane which dries out everything! So when I take out my Divacup I sometimes get tears from the dryness. Point is, I need a lubricant. I'm not sure what would be safe for my cup regarding ingredients.

I'm considering getting K-Y Silk-E Vaginal Moisturizer and here are the ingredients:

Water , Propylene Glycol , Sorbitol , Polysorbate 60 , Hydroxyethylcellulose , Benzoic Acid , Methylparaben , Tocopherol , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice

Are these all safe for me and my cup?

juliiie87juliiie87 on April 21st, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
All I know is paraben is nasty. It's a preservative that's forbidden in Germany, although it's still widely used in body lotions. I think it messes up with your hormones level or something, but you'll have to do your own research, I'm no doc. And really, I have no clue what a vaginal mosturizer is. look into the "natural", "organic", or just "paraben free" stuff ? I've bought 2 different KY jelly lubricants the same week, which came in different packagings and for some reason the bigger one listed paraben, the other one not.

Ok I'm not sure, and I gues no one really is.... here's some food for thought : http://www.besthealthmag.ca/look-great/beauty/parabens-what-are-they-and-are-they-really-that-bad

Edited at 2012-04-21 09:33 pm (UTC)
htebazile10htebazile10 on April 21st, 2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
I actually ended up getting something else. I just realized it doesn't have parabens, so awesome!
Arrow_Brightarrow_bright on April 22nd, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
Just out of curiosity, what did you end up getting?
htebazile10htebazile10 on April 22nd, 2012 01:47 am (UTC)
KY Sensitive Jelly
No glycerin or silicone either!
karenoh on April 21st, 2012 10:00 pm (UTC)
I highly recommend the Sliquid brand: paraben free, good company. Their basic water-based one should work just fine.
Darling Nikkijessiebanana on April 21st, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
2nd, I use their feminine wash.
htebazile10htebazile10 on April 21st, 2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
There's nowhere around me that sells it.:( Plus I'm 16 and it would be awkward asking my parents to order it.lol
Ashatenlegspider on April 21st, 2012 10:59 pm (UTC)
I don't know and can't bring myself to care about what chemicals we're supposed to be avoiding, but for your cup you just need to avoid anything ending in -icon or -iconol.
Tessgryphonwing on April 22nd, 2012 01:36 am (UTC)
This seems a bit snarky. Perhaps I misunderstand your tone? I mean, if you don't have the knowledge to help the OP, that's one thing, but "can't bring myself to care" kind of dismisses her concern - implies that you think it's ridiculous that some lubes might be unsafe.

At the very least, lubes made with sugars are invitations to yeast infections, which most of us would prefer to avoid. It's reasonable to be concerned.

Ashatenlegspider on April 22nd, 2012 08:27 am (UTC)
Sorry, no snark intended. No-one had covered the "safe for my cup" question, so I did. I didn't want to imply that there aren't any other possible issues with the ingredients listed, though.
Summers0mmer on April 21st, 2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
If you have access to Amazon or drugstore.com they have lots of great lubes, and I believe you can open your own paypal account with a checking acct.
Tessgryphonwing on April 22nd, 2012 01:33 am (UTC)
Good advice above. Anything water-based is good with any cup. Assuming you don't have a Keeper (which is latex), you could do what I do and use coconut oil. It damages latex but not silicone, and it's slippery, inexpensive, mildly antifungal, and you can use it for skin care and cooking. I love the stuff. :)

For commercial lubes, there are plenty of good water-based ones, and it's usually worth it to shell out for lube - it lasts, and you get the good stuff. You don't want to see any sugars in there, or parabens... and some people don't react well to glycerin either. I like an aloe-based one I've tried before.
htebazile10htebazile10 on April 22nd, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
I once tried to take a tablespoon of straight coconut oil everyday(since it's really healthy for you) and after that, the smell of coconuts make me want to gag.hhaaa. Does the lube have to say water-based on it to be water-based?
musicmylovemusicmylove on April 22nd, 2012 02:58 am (UTC)
Yes the lube has to say 'water-based' or else it isn't.

As for coconut oil, I just love it. Use it in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. But make sure it's organic and fairly unprocessed. Try raw organic to be extra safe. Don't want any unnecessary chemicals in there. ;)
htebazile10htebazile10 on April 22nd, 2012 03:07 am (UTC)
It doesn't say what kind it is. It just says personal lubricant.

Here's a link to the product, if you could tell me if it's safe for me and my cup that would be awesome, but don't feel like you have to.:)

Arrow_Brightarrow_bright on April 22nd, 2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
Generally if it says it's safe with latex condoms (which this does say), it's water based because oil based lubricants break down latex condoms, so I would say it's safe for your cup.

As for safe for you, the Skin Deep database rates it a 2 out of 10 for safety concerns (a score of 0-2 is considered a low health concern), so I would say yes. :) http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/286961/K-Y_Sensitive_Jelly%2C_Personal_Lubricant/
htebazile10htebazile10 on April 22nd, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! That helped a lot.
musicmylovemusicmylove on April 23rd, 2012 03:11 am (UTC)
yes, arrow_bright beat me to it but it does look safe since oil-based lubricants are bad for latex
Ashatenlegspider on April 22nd, 2012 08:39 am (UTC)
This is why I wanted to mention silicone compounds specifically. Some water-based lubes *do* contain them, so it's worth being able to recognise them in the ingredients.
htebazile10htebazile10 on April 22nd, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
Okay, awesome. That really helps, no icon or iconol. Got it. Thanks!
seachelle76seachelle76 on April 24th, 2012 01:22 pm (UTC)
Astroglide should be a good brand to use, as well. It's easy to find.
htebazile10htebazile10 on April 24th, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
I did check it out, but it had glycerin in it.
seachelle76seachelle76 on April 24th, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
You can get astroglide that is glycerin and paraben free.